Mourinho admits final-bound Spurs must do better

Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Brentford – Reaction

Jose Mourinho guided Tottenham to their first major final under his tenure but wasn’t entirely happy with what he saw as Championship promotion-hopefuls, Brentford were brushed aside in N17.

Spurs were somewhat more comfortable than the 2-0 scoreline would suggest. Sandwiched between goals from Moussa Sissoko and Heung-Min Son, the Bees were denied by VAR after Ivan Toney thought he’d headed the West Londoners level. Nevertheless, David Raya was the busier of the two goalkeepers, denying Son, Lucas Moura and Harry Kane from extending the margin of victory for the home side.

“Defensively was good – we were always in control,” Mourinho explained.

“The disallowed goal was a throw-in. Impossible to stop a ball that goes in the air then, first ball, second ball, and they had one penetration through the right side when Davinson Sanchez was very clever not to touch him and he was very honest for not to dive like some players would do.

“Apart from that, we were always in control. With the ball we scored two goals, we could have scored a couple more.”

The Spurs chief continued: “But I’m not happy. I think we have to play better.

“Sometimes bad decisions, sometimes technical mistakes. Many times recovering the ball and not being vertical in playing backwards. I think we have to do better but great respect for the opponents for the game, for the responsibility, for the ambition. but job done – we are in the final.”

Mourinho has previously lifted the League Cup on three occasions with Chelsea adding a fourth during his time at Manchester United. He was quick to point out how important winning the competition is both to him and Spurs: “If you see the winners you realise the big clubs want to win it.

“Who was the last winner apart from the normal top six? Swansea? I remember Man City winning a lot of times, Chelsea winning a lot of times, I remember United winning a few times. I remember Liverpool in finals, Arsenal.

“The big clubs care about it. The final says a lot – Tottenham against Manchester City or Tottenham against Manchester United.”

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Brian Jeeves

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